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President Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee by Saturday…

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 21, 2020 / 10:00 am MT (CNA).- President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he expects to name his nominee for the Supreme Court by the end of the week. The nomination, Trump’s third to the highest court, follows the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose funeral services will be held this week.  Speaking to the television program “Fox & Friends,” President Trump said that he is “going to make a decision on either Friday or Saturday,” and that he “will announce it either Friday or Saturday, and then the work begins.” The president added that he would not make the announcement earlier “in all due respect” for the late justice’s memorial arrangements.  Justice Ginsburg died September 18, at the age of 87. She had previously been diagnosed ...

Pope’s Sunday Angelus: “Everything is grace. Our salvation is grace. Our holiness is grace…”…

Vatican City, Sep 20, 2020 / 06:35 am MT (CNA).- God’s grace is not something we deserve, but he gives it to us anyway, Pope Francis said Sunday during his weekly Angelus address. God’s “action is more than just, in the sense that it goes beyond justice and manifests itself in grace,” the pope said Sept. 20. “Everything is grace. Our salvation is grace. Our holiness is grace. By giving us grace, he gives us more than we deserve.” Speaking from a window of the apostolic palace, Pope Francis told those gathered in St. Peter’s Square that “God always pays the maximum.” “He does not remain in half payment. He pays everything,” he stated. In his message, the pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading from St. Matthew, in which Jesus tells the parable of the landowner who hires laborers to work ...

Catholics respond after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87…

Ginsburg’s death could tip the balance of the court to a 6-3 conservative majority, if President Donald Trump nominates a new justice to fill the vacancy left by Ginsburg before the November election. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served on the court for more than 27 years, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 18. She was 87. President Bill Clinton appointed Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993. Ginsburg had previously been an appeals court judge. Ginsburg, who was Jewish, was noted for her friendship with Antonin Scalia, a Catholic and fellow Supreme Court Justice, who died in 2016. Scalia’s son Christopher tweeted some recollections of his father’s friendship with Ginsburg after her death was announced. I’m very sad to hear about the passing of my parents’ good f...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the enigmatic, longtime Supreme Court justice who attained near cult-like status among progressive circles, died Friday at the age of 87 from complications surrounding metastatic pancreatic cancer. The late Supreme Court justice, who spent more than two decades on the bench in the highest court of the land, is survived by her two children, Jane Carol and James Steven Ginsburg. “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said in a Friday evening statement. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.” Ginsburg, who was appointed ...

Italian bishops’ conference newspaper defends Netflix’s ‘Cuties’…

The review does not contain criticism of elements that have been lambasted across in the United States and Latin America, including long scenes of provocative dances and nudity. According to L’Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, those who have criticized the controversial French movie Cuties, released by Netflix last week “have not seen it or have really limited themselves to the poster. Otherwise they have not understood it or have looked at it with the wrong eyes.” A review of the film, entitled “The boycott: Cuties is a hard, but educational movie,” and written by the newspaper’s TV critic Andrea Fagioli, claims that the film “does not revolve around a ‘scandalous sexualization of adolescents’ n...

China-linked hackers accused of targeting Vatican network weeks before deal renewal…

CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 06:10 am MT (CNA).- State-sponsored hackers targeted Vatican computer networks just weeks before the provisional agreement between China and the Holy See is due to be renewed, according to a report released Tuesday. The analysis, published Sept. 15, said that hackers had continued to focus on the Vatican and other Catholic organizations even after their activities were publicized in July. The report was compiled by the Insikt Group, the research arm of the U.S.-based cybersecurity company Recorded Future.  Earlier this year, the organization announced that it had uncovered “a cyberespionage campaign attributed to a suspected Chinese state-sponsored threat activity group,” which it referred to as RedDelta. In an update on its investigation, the Insikt Group sa...

In second known instance, invalidly baptized Oklahoma priest baptized and ‘re-ordained’…

Denver Newsroom, Sep 16, 2020 / 04:08 pm MT (CNA).-   In the second known instance in the United States, a man who believed himself to be a validly baptized Catholic and ordained priest had to “re-receive” all of his sacraments, including ordination, after discovering that his baptism was invalid. Fr. Zachary Boazman, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, thought he was validly ordained in 2019. But in August, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a doctrinal note, reminding Catholics that baptisms are not valid if the minister of the baptism changed the words, or formula, of the baptism from “I baptize you” to “We baptize you.” Boazman, who was baptized in another diocese in 1992, reviewed a videotape of his baptism after the announcement from the Va...

Catholics say new religious ed plan teaches error, while Australian diocese defends curriculum…

SYDNEY, Australia — Catholics, including some local priests, have said a proposed diocesan catechetical curriculum in Australia promotes views on gender identity and human sexuality at odds with Church teaching. Diocesan officials have defended the curriculum, which they say is a “bold new approach” to religious education. In a letter on Sept. 9 published in the diocesan CatholicOutlook, Fr. Christopher de Souza, vicar for education in the Diocese of Parramatta, pushed back against what he called “wrong and misleading” media reports about the Draft New Curriculum, and insisted the document “completely adheres to the Catholic faith” and is still in the consultation process. The Australian Daily Telegraph reported on August 16 that “Catholic school students will be taught about different sex...

Cardinal Parolin: Vatican and China have ‘common intentions’ to renew agreement…

Observers say the contentious deal will likely continue on a provisional basis. VATICAN CITY — The Holy See and China intend to renew their provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, said Monday. The agreement, which is subject to revision this month, will expire in October, the cardinal said, but added that the common intentions are to continue with its renewal, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Cardinal Parolin, who spearheaded talks that led to the agreement on Sept. 22, 2018, was responding to questions from journalists on the side lines of a Sept. 14 conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at Italy’s Embassy to the Holy See.  The event was titled “Forty-five years after the Helsinki Accords, Car...

With the Pope’s okay, Cardinal Sarah sends letter to bishops worldwide, says return to public Mass as soon as possible is “necessary and urgent”…

ARGENTINA – Calling it “necessary and urgent” to return to public Masses as soon as anti-COVID 19 measures permit, the Vatican’s top official for liturgy has urged Catholic bishops around the world not to let religious worship be relegated to a priority level below “recreational activities” or treated as just another public gathering. Signed by Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, the letter came with the approval of Pope Francis. Sarah argues that although the Catholic Church should cooperate with civil authorities and adopt protocols to protect the safety of the faithful, “liturgical norms are not matters on which civil authorities can legislate, but only the competent ecclesiastical authorities.” Sarah also insisted that broadcast an...

Western Australian legislative committee recommends preserving seal of the confessional…

CNA Staff, Sep 12, 2020 / 05:01 am MT (CNA).- Religious ministers should not be required to violate the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, a committee of the upper house of Western Australia’s parliament recommended Thursday. The Legislation Committee of the Legislative Council recommended that “Ministers of religion be excused from criminal responsibility [of mandatory reporting] only when the grounds of their belief is based solely on information disclosed during religious confession.” It also recommend that the state government “consult with ministers of religion on non-statutory provisions that would facilitate the effective use of information received during religious confession.” The recommendation, made by a narrow majority of the committee, came in its report on the Chil...

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal co-founder among Chicago’s new auxiliary bishops…

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2020 / 06:30 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis Friday appointed three auxiliary bishops to the Archdiocese of Chicago, including one of the founders of the religious community Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Fr. Robert J. Lombardo, CFR, is the director of Our Lady of the Angels Mission Center in Chicago. He is the first Franciscan Friar of the Renewal to be named a bishop. Known as Fr. Bob, Bishop-elect Lombardo, 63, came to Chicago in 2005 at the request of the late Cardinal Francis George, who asked him to set up a center for outreach to the poor on the West Side of Chicago. From Stamford, Connecticut, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame University in 1979 and received two master’s degrees in theology and pastoral counseling before entering the Ord...